IRL: Watkins Glen: Panther Racing preview

Panther Moves From Indianapolis to Historic Watkins Glen Driver Vitor Meira Looks To Continue Strong Run INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (June 1, 2006) -- Panther Racing and driver Vitor Meira have made the move from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, ...

Panther Moves From Indianapolis to Historic Watkins Glen
Driver Vitor Meira Looks To Continue Strong Run

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (June 1, 2006) -- Panther Racing and driver Vitor Meira have made the move from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where Meira finished 10th, to another historic venue, Watkins Glen International Raceway in preparations for the fifth race on the IndyCar Series schedule.

The Watkins Glen Indy GP marks the second year the IndyCar Series has competed at the 11-turn, 3.37-mile road course. Last season Meira qualified seventh and finished 18th after his car experienced electrical problems. Panther cars qualified tenth (Tomas Scheckter) and 12th (Tomas Enge), and neither driver finished the race after Scheckter had a suspension failure (finished 20th) and Enge had a last-lap crash with Helio Castroneves that forced him into the 13th position.

Practice begins Friday, with qualifications set to take place on Saturday.

The IndyCar Series season resumes next weekend from Watkins Glen International Raceway. The race will be held on Sunday, June 4th with coverage available live on ABC at 3:30 p.m. (EDT), on the IMS Radio Network and XM Satellite Radio Channel 145.

Vitor Meira Quote:

"I can't believe we're already getting ready to race again. It says a lot about our Panther guys that we can get these cars turned around so quickly. I love the Watkins Glen racetrack; it's a drivers' track all the way. We qualified OK last year but had an electrical problem that kept us from finishing. We finished fifth in St. Pete, so I know the Panther Honda will be strong on another road course."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Helio Castroneves , Vitor Meira
Teams Panther Racing